Blazin Buffalo Slot from Rival Gaming
There have been slots themed on Native American wildlife since the earliest mechanical slot games first hit casinos. To stand out in this niche, you need to do something different. Having played Blazin Buffalo from Rival Gaming, I think that this slot is different enough – and entertaining enough – to stand out from the crowd.
You’ll find a break out bonus game (based on 3 Card Monte) and a free spins round which has a 2nd enhanced game within it. There are plenty of ways of scoring big wins from regular play, and some unique hand-drawn graphics to go alongside the relaxed twanging guitar soundtrack.
How to Win on Blazin Buffalo
The wild symbol, which is the full moon with the word ‘wild’ behind it, has the effect of doubling all wins on this slot – keep this in mind when you view those potential prizes on the pay table. As on many slots this wild will substitute for the regular symbols to create wins, though does not substitute for any of the scatter symbols.
Of the regular symbols, the money bags with ‘jackpot’ above them are the symbol you’d like to see. This pays 3000 coins for 5 on a win line, with 300 for 4 and 100 for 3. The next best prizes come from the animals. Wolves are worth 2500 for 5, bears 1000 for 5 and rams 750 for the full set. Smaller wins come via the eagle, snakes and the playing card symbols ace down to nine.
When you hit a decent sized (10x stake or more) win in this game, the reels are engulfed in flames and a really nice graphic of a snorting buffalo appears.
There are 2 special symbols on the reels. These are the Blazin Buffalo logos, which trigger the free spins bonus game, and the bonus symbol – which triggers the card game break out bonus.
Blazin Buffalo Bonuses
As usual the number of free spins you get depends on how many of the scatter symbol logos you hit on the triggering spin. There are 7 free spins for 3, 15 for 4 and a generous 50 free spins for 5 on the reels.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the music in the background becomes a lot more up-tempo. Some buffalo then stampede across the screen, and you are ready to start the free spins. There are two parts to this bonus. First you have the ‘Stampede’ free spins. The game is the same as the regular reels here. If you hit 3 or more of the Blazin Buffalo logos during this part of the game you get some extra spins which are called the Blazin’ free spins. Here the reels are engulfed in flames, and the first reel becomes completely wild. You can win 2, 5, or 15 Blazin spins with 3, 4 or 5 of the logos. These are in addition to your regular spins – when the Blazin ones finish you get back to counting down the regular ones again.
With a couple of triggers of Blazin free spins on top of the Stampede free spins, what looks like a short 7 spin bonus can easily be very profitably extended.
By contrast, the break out bonus game is a tame affair. When you hit 3 of the bonus icons you’ll go to a screen with 3 face-down playing cards. You get to choose one of these, and will receive a prize as a result. The biggest prize comes if you are lucky enough to hit the card with the Buffalo on it.
Setup and Design of Blazin Buffalo
There are 50 win lines covering 5 reels by 3 rows of symbols on this slot – which gives you a lot of winning combinations. One aspect of Rival Gaming slots I like is that they offer flexibility in coin size, coins per line and the overall number of win lines played. This game is no exception, you can play all 50 lines from just 50c and up – and choose auto play too if you prefer.
It is the design of this slot which really sets it apart in the crowded Native American wildlife slots niche. The animals on the reels are particularly well drawn, almost cartoon-like and with a ton of character in their expressions too. The flame effect when you spin the reels, and the bigger effect during the 2nd part of the free spins bonus game is certainly worth seeing. Topping it all off, the soundtracks compliment this slot perfectly too!
This is a slot which I will certainly return too. It hits the right balance between having a solid base game with plenty of opportunities to win – and a great 2 level bonus game which can be extended with the right combination of symbols. This slot looks and sounds great – check it out for yourself soon!